Gaia Alari is an animation filmmaker based in Europe. 

During her studies in medicine and surgery (2009 – 2016), she also develops her artistic competences as a self- taught illustrator and visual artist. 

She has therefore pursued a career as a visual artist specializing in drawing on traditional media since 2016, collaborating with art galleries in Europe: Galleri Benoni (Denmark), Galerie Anouk Le Bourdiec and Galerie Incognito (France).

Since 2020, she has focused exclusively on directing and animating experimental video-art animation projects and commissioned animation – including music videos, specializing in traditional frame-by-frame hand animation, usually as a one-woman team. 

She regularly collaborates with international music labels: Atlantic Records (Warner USA), Nonesuch Records (Warner USA), SaddleCreek (US), Full Time Hobby (UK), Sacred Bones (US), JagJaguwar (US). 

Her animated clips have been screened at film festivals around the world. 

Among her commercial work, she directed and animated a video in partnership with YOOX – NET – A – PORTER to mark the retirement of YOOX founder Federico Marchetti, and directed the latest “Never Beaten” campaign for Beats by Dre.

In 2021, she was interviewed by the Drawing Department of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lisbon, alongside Koji Yamamura and Priit Parn.

In 2023 she was commissioned to animate the documentary short “Hotline 1998”, directed by Andrea Suwito and produced by Talamedia – Mandy Marahimin. 

The film was nominated for the FFI in the Best Documentary category (Indonesia).

She is currently in pre-production on her first animated short “What comes at night” with La Cellule Production (France). 

The film received the FAIA dev from the CNC, was presented at the pitches of the Rennes animation festival and the Annecy MIFA (2023) where it received the NEF animation residency prize at the Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud (October 2023). 

The film also won a production grant from the Nouvelle Aquitaine region, Charente department.

As director, she is developing an animated short entitled “Seven mountains and seven seas” with writer/director Noel Keserwany, winner of best short film at Berlinale 2023, and producer Marine Valiant of Dewberries film (France/Lebanon).

The project received production support from the Doha Film Institute (DFI) and 

won first and second prizes at the pitch session of the Tripoli Film Festival (2024).

Among other projects, she is working as animation director on the feature-length hybrid documentary “La casa Delle Storie”, directed by Rosa Maietta and produced by Ladoc (Italy), which won the SIAE cinema grant at the Rome Film Festival and is set to be released in its festival run in September 2024. 

She is working as a director on the animated short “Des Traces”, written by Lamia Tlass, produced by Macagna Production (France) and Cinemon Entertainment (Hungary). 

Her animations will be screened at Pompidou Grande Salle in Paris in April 2024 and at MASC foundation in Vienna in August 2024.